Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Project Focus

MAGARPATTA

 

Smart City

 

 

The former agricultural back of beyond outside Pune is an exemplary development project that can offer valuable lessons to the world on sustainable urban living.

 

Two decades ago in what is now widely regarded as an outstanding model of inclusive development and social capitalism, 120 farmers outside Pune pooled together 400 acres of their ancestral land to create a township – Magarpatta City.

 

In the process they created a development company – Magarpatta Development Company – based on proportionate shareholding and became masters of their own destiny. Such was the power and passion in the idea of the project unleashed that the Pune Municipal Corporation had no choice but to acquiesce to the proposal.  A major reason for the success of the agro-to-urban idea— whose originator Satish Magar hailed from a politically connected agricultural family—was due to the democracy inherent in it. Ergo, it was easy to get the members of the farming community on board.

 

It took well over a decade after that historic decision for a city rise from where once impoverished ruralia existed, but it is a tribute to the community that they built Magarpatta through systematic and innovative planning and cooperative decision making. Lending further strength were the community’s clear agenda – their objective was to create clean and sustainable life spaces which offered good living standards along with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure and reliable security. What we have today is a eclectically smooth meld of the rural into a mixed use urban zone with international amenities – these include residential neighbourhoods with schools, a multi speciality hospital, hotels, sporting facilities and commercial zones with shopping and entertainment arcades, restaurants, state-of-the-art office block areas not to mention recreation spaces, verdant parklands built in concentric circles and a pollution free ambience and a walk to work philosophy.  Veritably the creation of Magarpatta signals a major shift in agrarian economics.  The city has not just led to the creation of a new power zone for the marginalised farmer but can also be viewed as a tribute to possibility of human life being enriched through revolutionary thought.

 

Today, the name Magarpatta City stands for quality in construction, innovation in design and impeccable planning. It is the only fully functional and privately managed township in the country and is regarded as a remarkable reality; a reality born through immaculate vision and brilliant execution. Through its sustainable development model, Magarpatta City has introduced eco-friendly development and has green spaces that make up for 30 per cent of the area. Over 120 acres of Magarpatta City is lush greenery.

 

The implementation of comprehensive waste management and sustainable systems ensures further preservation of the environment. The city has won accolades at the Sydney World Congress of Metropolis, 2008, and the Maharashtra Economic Development Council lists Magarpatta City among the 'Top 10 success stories of the State'. It is no wonder that Magarpatta is an award winning and internationally acclaimed model of integrated development and self-sustainability. One other reason why Magarpatta can be regarded as an exemplar is the financial model adopted. The city’s economic success largely derives from its IT park – Cybercity Magarpatta – which is owned by the development corporation. Office rentals have contributed to a permanent source of income for the shareholders apart from an income of around Rs 2 crore per year which accrue from film shoots. Understandably therefore real estate values in the area have shot up sky high.

 

What is truly remarkable is that the former agriculturalists who gave up their lands to build the city have been suitably compensated financially because of the innovative financial strategies adopted by the Magarpatta Corporation. They have also received training to become entrepreneurs in areas such as construction, maintenance, transport and material supply.  Ergo it is easy to see why Magarpatta’s success can be viewed as inspirational and as a cooperative model of development that could be replicated across the country.

 

 

 

The Cycle of Seasons

 

In Magarpatta City, life revolves around Rutu Chakra - the Eternal Time Wheel of Nature. The entire city blooms into a rhythmic splash of colors based on the six seasons - Vasant (Spring), Grishma (Summer), Varsha (Rainy), Sharad (Autumn), Hemant and Shishir (Winter). Perennially in bloom the gardens are a sight to behold. Aditi Garden, the 25-acre central garden abounds in a variety of trees and neatly laid out lawns. Implementation of waste management and solar energy systems ensure enhancement of the environment. One of the most serene and scenic locations in the Aditi Gardens is the artificial lake body created which effectively recharges and raises the ground water levels around here - set amongst extensive landscaping spread over an area of 4 acres with a colorful range of flora
and fauna.

 

 




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